President Peter Mutharika has finally appointed Mulanje Central parliamentarian, Kondwani Nankhumwa, as Leader of Government Business in Parliament.
The youthful cabinet minister who is responsible for Local Government and Rural Development has been acting Leader of the House since George Chaponda was removed as Leader of the House owing to his alleged involvement in the unscrupulous procurement of government maize from Zambia.
Chaponda was also expelled as Agriculture and Water Development Minister.
According to sources privy to the appointment, the President has also appointed Cecelia Chazama as Deputy Leader of the House.
Chazama, who is DPP Blantyre Rural North legislator, was recently appointed Civic Education Minister by President Mutharika. She replaced Patricia Kaliati, DPP’s National Director of Women.
Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya confirmed about the new appointments.
But Nankhumwa expressed ignorance of the development, saying he would only wait for official communication from the Speaker’s office.
“You see, all important parliamentary communication comes from the Speaker’s office. I was away at the constituency over the weekend and I may have missed new developments in Lilongwe,” he said.
Speaker of Parliament is set to announce the new appointments at the start of Parliament business on Monday morning, May 8, 2017.
According to the sources, Nankhumwa is expected to make a formal acceptance speech before parliamentarians venture into the business of the day.
On the list of Bills the government is to prepare the following are absent: Constitution (Amendment), Electoral Commission (Amendment), Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government Elections, Assumption of the Office of President (Transitional Arrangement) and Referendum.
According to President Mutharika, the government had produced and would table in the 2017/18 financial year new Bills, namely: Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill and Plant Protection Bill; Green Belt Initiative Authority Bill; Warehouse Receipts Systems Bill; Trade Remedies Bill and Civil Aviation Bill.
“Mr. Speaker, Sir, Government plans to adopt key policy and legislative instruments such as the National Seed Policy, Fertiliser Policy, Plant Breeders Rights Bill and Plant Protection Bill with a view to further improve the agriculture sector,” he said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :